Dr. Aaron Glatt, Long Island expert in infectious diseases, helps light the menorah in the White House

A top infectious disease expert from Long Island helped light the menorah late Wednesday afternoon at a Hanukkah celebration in the White House.

Dr. Aaron Glatt, chairman of the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai South Nassau in Oceanside, who is also an associate rabbi at Young Israel of Woodmere, attended the ceremony at 6 p.m. 17:30 with his wife, Margie.

“It really is a tribute to all the people who have dealt with this pandemic,” Glatt told Newsday before the event. The experienced physician with infectious diseases has even seen the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the hard work of health professionals in their efforts to help patients.

Glatt joined U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (DN.Y.), Second Lord Douglas Emhoff, Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband, and Community Leader Susie Stern to light the menorah.

During the ceremony, President Joe Biden credited Gliden for being a “master at encouraging his congregations and his community to be vaccinated.”

“And I love too [Glatt’s] description of Hanukkah, “said Biden.” He said and I quote ‘the Jewish holiday Hanukkah is Thanksgiving on steroids’. “

Glatt and his wife live in Woodmere and have been married for 41 years and have four grown children as well as grandchildren.

“I am personally honored as the son of Holocaust survivors to be in a country that is completely different from the country in which my parents with blessed memory grew up – a country that stands in stark contrast to Nazi Germany,” he said. “Being able to live in and be raised in a country that protects religious freedom and allows us to worship openly is a wonderful thing.”

Glatt said being both a doctor and a rabbi affects and dramatically affects the way he handles both jobs.

“I enjoy both a lot and get a huge comfort knowing that I am hopefully helping people,” he said. “It’s an honor to be both.”

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